Time for a Change

Posted 17.11.2022

After 2 long years of pandemics, it was a great pleasure for us to meet old and new colleagues on the beautiful venue of Faroe islands. We all agreed that the social interactions can not be replaced by any means, we need to communicate to share ideas and feelings. We are therefore very thankful to our Danish colleagues, leaded by dear Christian Damgaard, to make this to happen.
Faroe meeting was also exceptional for the ScSP board as well. Our long-term served board member, dear Björn Klinge, stepped down from his position from the board and left his position as board member of Sweden to dear Margareta Hultin. Margareta has been served as ScSP treasurer for many years with great success and now will continue to serve as board member of Sweden. Dear Shariel Sayardoust will replace Margareta and start as new treasurer at the beginning of 2023.
“Change is the only constant in life” said once Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. We, the ScSP board, are very thankful to dear Björn and welcome Shariel warmly.

on behalf of Scandinavian Society of Periodontology Board
Ulvi Gursoy, ScSP President

(Photo by Fadi Elhomsi)

Professor Björn Klinge, DDS, Spec. in Periodontology, PhD
Professor Björn Klinge received his DDS from Lund University, Sweden, in 1977 and earned his doctorate in Odontology in 1984, also from Lund University. In 1988 he became recognized specialist in Periodontology by the Swedish National board of health and welfare. At Lund University Björn Klinge was Associate Dean for dental education. In 1979- 1980 he was a visiting junior Staff member at Loma Linda University, CA, USA. He was Head of the Department of Experimental Surgical Research at the faculty of Odontology in Malmo, Sweden, from 1980-1994. During that period he developed recognized models for research on tissue-integrated implants and periodontal regeneration. In 1994 Björn Klinge was appointed Professor and Chair of Periodontology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm by the Swedish Government. Soon after his arrival he was appointed Dean and he was responsible for extensive development of the Dental faculty, including education, research and clinical activities. In 2012 he was recruited to Malmö University as the Dean for the Faculty of Odontology as well as Professor in Periodontology. He is currently Senior Professor of Periodontology, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden and Professor em in the Department of Dental Medicine, Division of Oral Disease at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Björn Klinge is a Special Guest Professor at Instituto Universitario, Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal. He is Scientific Advisor in Periodontology to the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden since 2002. In 2022, after 22 years of service, he left the role as Scientific Editor for the Journal of the Swedish Dental Association. He was Director of the National Clinical Research School in Odontology, funded by the Swedish National Research Council, educating 42 dentists for their PhD/Odont dr degree. Professor Klinge is Honorary Fellow at the Singapore Dental Hospital, and Honorary Professor at Ji-Lin University in China and Honorary member of the Swedish Dental Association. He is a Board member and Past President of the Scandinavian Society of Periodontology, and former President of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO). He is a past President and Honorary member of the Swedish Periodontal Association. In February 2020 he was awarded the Karolinska Institute Silver medal for his outstanding service in promoting human health through research, education and communication with the society.
Recently his research interest and related publications (around 180 refereed scientific international publications available through PubMed. h-index 41, Web of Science) mainly focus on the oral-systemic link, periimplantitis and periodontal tissue regeneration. Klinge has lectured extensively nationally and internationally by invitation to around 40 countries worldwide.

Shariel Sayardoust, DDS, Spec. in Periodontology, PhD
Shariel Sayardoust graduated with a degree of DDS from the Institute of Odontology at University of Gothenburg in 2005. She received her Specialist in Periodontology title in 2013 form the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education Jönköping. In 2017 she defended her PhD ay the Department of Biomaterials, institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. The title of her thesis was “The effect of tobacco exposure on bone healing and the osseointegration of dental implants. Clinical and molecular studies”. She served has been serving as Senior Lecturer/ Senior Consultant at the School of Health and Welfare at Jönköping University (Universitetslektor/övertandläkare, Hälsohögskolan i Jönköping since 2021, as Project leader at the national quality register for dental implants (SKRI) since 2019, project leader at the application for dental education (Tandläkarutbildning) at Jönköping University since 2019. She also served at various scientific and clinical positions including post-doctoral position at the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education (2019-2021), project member at the application for dental education (Tandläkarutbildning) at Jönköping University (2018), program director (utbildningsansvarig), Postgraduate students in periodontology at the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education, Jönköping University (2018), senior consultant at the Department of Periodontology at Jönköping University (2013), and research fellow at the Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg (2011).